die Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"die" in British English

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dieverb [I]

uk   us   /daɪ/ (present participle dying, past tense and past participle died)
A1 to ​stopliving or ​existing, either ​suddenly or ​slowly: Twelve ​people died in the ​accident. She died of/fromhunger/​cancer/a ​heartattack/her ​injuries. It is a ​braveperson who will die fortheirbeliefs. I would like to die in my ​sleep (= while I am ​sleeping). Many ​people have a ​fear of dying. Our ​love will never die. She will not ​tell anyone - the ​secret will die with her.die a natural/violent death to die ​naturally, ​violently, etc.: He died a ​violentdeath. My ​grandmother died a ​naturaldeath (= did not die of ​illness or because she was ​killed), as she would have ​wanted. informal If a ​machine, battery, or ​phone dies, it ​stopsworking, usually because it has no ​power: The ​engine just died on us. I'm ​sorry I didn't ​reply to ​yourtext - my ​phone died.
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dienoun [C]

uk   us   /daɪ/

die noun [C] (TOOL)

a ​shapedpiece or mould (= ​hollowcontainer) made of ​metal or other hard ​material, used to ​shape or put a ​pattern on ​metal or ​plastic

die noun [C] (GAME)

US also or old use (UK dice) a ​small cube (= ​object with six ​equalsquaresides) with a different ​number of ​spots on each ​side, used in ​gamesinvolvingchance
(Definition of die from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dieverb [I]

 us   /dɑɪ/ (present participle dying, past tense and past participle died)
to ​stopliving: He died of a ​heartattack. She died in her ​sleep at the ​age of 94. fig. The ​engine just died (= ​stoppedworking). If you say that you could have/​nearly died of a ​particularfeeling, you ​mean that you ​felt the ​feeling very ​strongly: I was so ​embarrassed, I could have died.be dying To be dying to do something, or for something, is to be ​eager to do or to have it: I’m dying to ​hear the ​news. I’m dying for a ​cup of ​coffee.
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(Definition of die from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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